Project Name: The Chandigarh Home
Project Type: 4 BHK with 3 living rooms and a dog wash area
Total Super Built-Up Area: Around 5000 sqft
Project location: Chandigarh
Year of completion: 2022
Design firm: STUDIO ipsa (https://www.instagram.com/uandidesigns/)
Founder: Aniketh Bafna (https://www.instagram.com/anikethbafna/)
Principal designer: Sonal R Mutha (https://www.instagram.com/sonalrmutha/)
Photo credit: Nayan Soni (https://www.instagram.com/nayansoni21/)
The beautiful Chandigarh Home is 3 floor villa home which emulates classicity inside out. Designed for a family of 4 (parents & a couple) and their pet dog, this villa houses 3 bedrooms & 3 living spaces. We met the clients and while discussions were underway for the interiors of this home, we sized up the clients absolute love for interior that echoed European classicity and details. With this as our starting point we worked around various layouts for the home, giving due preference to this lifestyle, their requirements and finalised on a layout that suited best for this family. Also working closely with their building contractor, we designed details and moodboarded the elevation materials and look. We maintained a dominant grey facade with accented with black cladding and this helped the rich teak tone of the door & window frames stand out gorgeously.
The home opens into a sightly foyer where we accentuated the flooring with monochrome patterned tiles bordered with black tiles. We designed a teak console with minimal sleek legs, raising it off the floor in slender elegance avoiding bulk on the floor space. A jute bordered mirror frame completes the wall behind the console seamlessly. Another striking feature of this foyer is the ceiling where we designed a thick teak cross below a grooved detailed base. To visually border out the space further, we designed a feature partition only for the space above the lintel to ceiling. This foyer is a perfect prelude to the home that lies further inside in all its classic glory.
Once beyond the foyer, the space opens into the drawing room – a formal living space where guests are entertained. An unmissable ceiling feature holds the space together. We wanted to have a beautiful veneered highlight and added grooved details the break the expanse. Layering up the ceiling just like the foyer’s , a moulded trim border was designed to enclose the veneered layer. The front wall is curated in European trims and moulding that hold interest with the top being fluted. Classic zebra striped armchairs sit ahead, breaking the monotony of white and a solid black end table adds the final punch of colour. At the other end, on the opposite wall, we continued the same wall detail to bring the design together. Chesterfields done in beige, accented with brass buttons and a bench complete the seating arrangement. With neutral tones on the wall and the upholstery, the solid wood coffee table stood out in its element beautifully.
From the living, one can look into the dining space that connects the formal living with the more private spaces of this floor. To define the dining space, we chose a magnificent country style wooden dining table with vintage French style dining chairs. While this setting looked grand in the centre we designed an equally statement wall with bevelled mirror fragments encased with similar trims that were used in the living. A sideboard made in the teak with classic jaali patterns stood ahead of this wall, also serving as a buffet table. This whole language of curves of the dining chairs, the jaali pattern, the mirrors was translated in the ceiling design with intricate trim details adding extravagance.
Another arresting feature in this space is the dramatic blue jaali door that led into the pooja room. We wanted this highlight to contrast the neutrality of the space. We designed bi-fold doors for space saving and what lay within echoed the story that the closed door narrated. Blue Moroccan tiles on the floor, resonated with the blue jaali of the door. An arch statuario panel back-lit to highlight the fluted wall behind stood tall. Functional storage at the bottom with a wooden trim detail completed this pooja room. Concentric concave circles in the false ceiling was another refreshing detail we added, harmoniously completing the space.
The open kitchen was planned in the rear end of the home beside the family room. To amp up the charm we decided to do a dual toned kitchen and brought in a pale blue in combination with the white cabinetry, the gorgeous white backsplash & white quartz countertop. The open side of the kitchen has a breakfast counter with a wooden countertop to balance the soft tones in the kitchen. We wanted to add another bold contrast and hence customised the breakfast chairs in black and used the same black besides the chimney for glass shutter details. Behind the kitchen, in the utility, we also made space for a dog wash area which we highlighted in green, contrasting the flooring in striped monochrome tiles.
Had to make it special for the pet as well.
We wanted the family room to be a serene place to relax with a book or share a conversation with family. Hence we created a space with a moonlit glow which we achieved with the complete neutral colour scheme, juxtaposed only with wood to bring in the warmth. The feature wall has an electric fireplace and we created a faux structural arched niche on either sides to hold books and curios. Detailing the fireplace mantle and niche with classic trims we tried to add interest beautifully. To further make it hygge, we chose to do wooden beams on the ceiling and matched the wood-backing on the couch with the same texture. Light pouring in from the large french doors leading to the backyard makes this space poster perfect.
The powder room is however bold and beautiful, unlike the more sober spaces of this floor. We chose a retro patterned, monochrome tile for the flooring and decided to do a half and half wall treatment to complement it. Chevron laid subway tiles in white adorned the lower part of the walls and wallpaper with bold florals with a black base was chosen for the upper halves. Black sanitaryware was chosen to amp up the glamour quotient of this powder room.
The parents bedroom is another neutral paradise punctuated with wood texture in an all grey setting. The idea was to keep the aesthetic calm and placid. The layout had the bed centrally placed with seating by the window framed with storage on either sides. This seating was purposefully made for their pet dog who slept in with the parents. What’s characteristic to the design of this room is clean cut geometric details delicately carved into the furniture in intriguing patterns. The same is echoed on the cushioned headboard as well as the media console that sits in front of the bed. The bathroom resonates the same aesthetic with a wood on grey colour scheme. Geometric patterned tiles highlight the space and minimal storage is added to serve functionally.
As we walk up to the level above, the space opens up and we conceptualised a kitchenette that also served as a bar in the nook. We had a slight style shift here and decided to do up the space in Art Deco inspired drama. We chose a glitzy gold wallpaper as the backdrop and introduced brass inlays in the cabinet designs. Compact yet impactful, this zone punctuates the glamour quotient.
A second family room is housed on this floor which is designed with a minimalistic flair. A very simple media unit takes up one wall and a pebble grey couch completes the space. Behind the couch the space opens up to a double height wonder. We wanted to carry forward the minimal aesthetic yet put together a look was engaging for this space. So we decided to coat the large wall in a silky, pearlescent texture with sober wall trim details. Circular canvas with abstract art and brass highlights adorn the wall with sheer elegance. To bring in a colour pop here, we customised the accent chairs in a terracotta blush which brought in a cozy charm.
The master room of this floor is layered with textures, patterns and details that give the room a distinctly classic appeal. We had a large room at our disposal and we wanted to zone out the spaces visually, each revealing in its own character. The larger portion had the bed and the nightstands ahead of a linear trimmed wall. We designed the headboard of the bed in a two step contour with brass button highlights and used a greige fabric setting up the tonality of the space. For the nightstands we moved away from excessive ornamentation and designed a gorgeous two drawer table in white, matching the bed. Quaint brass lamps with white shades were chosen to seamlessly complete the look. Opposite the bed, was a chest of drawers we customised which echoed the same details as the nightstands. The major visual distinction of the 2 spaces, was the use of separated flooring. While the bed space was done in engineered wood flooring making this area feel warm and restful, the sitout by the window was tastefully done in patterned tiles – representing a more active zone. We enveloped this sitout space with a gorgeous vintage floral wallpaper with foil accents, chosen in the same nude palette. This lifted the feel of the space ever so subtly. We also customised vintage carved armchairs for this area and used a chequered fabric with hints of powder blue. Adding beautifully to the bedroom aesthetic, this setup made a remarkable statement. We also designed the walk in closet and detailed the shutters in a two toned marvel. What really were the conversation starters here were the long brass handles that matched up to the aesthetic in perfection. The bathroom of this master carries forward the neutral tonality of the room with blue highlights. We chose the palest blue subway tiles for a half and half wall treatment. We laid blue on the lower half and textured grey tiles on the upper side and joined this at seams with vintage Moroccan highlighters bordered with black mosaic.
The second room on this floor is a minimalist haven. We wanted this room to be devoid of too many details and hence chose to keep the palette dominated by greys and wood to support the aesthetic. A wooden fluted headboard and wooden nightstands sit amid the grey oasis. Black wall lamps flanking either sides of the bed bring in the only colour on this side. To add a sense of nature and break the monotony of grey on the other side, we colour blocked a dull sage behind the console. The design of the console resonates with the flutes of the headboard making it an effortlessly seamless design detail. The study and the closet is also inspired by the soft edges of the wood flutes and designed with curves and a minimal demeanour.
The bathroom of this room is a fun combination of textures and patterns. Borrowing from the green highlight of the room, we chose arrow tiles in sage with varied textures and adjoined it with a beautiful terrazzo. The curve form makes a brilliant show again here with an extraordinaire dip of the ledge wall top carved out so meticulously with a befitting mirror above it.
The guest bedroom is a monochromatic beauty. It has a refurbished metal bed and we chose beautiful black nightstands to pair with it. In front of the bed stands a long legged console ahead of a shiplap panelling upto the chair rail. We designed the console in a manner that facilitated it being used as a desk too when required. A classic carved mirror sits atop this console completing the space in perfection. To keep up with the monotones of the bedroom, we designed the bathroom too in a graphic black and white aesthetic. We chose zebra striped tiles to wrap the shower area, lending much interest to the grey cement textured tiles which otherwise dominate the bathroom.